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How does pneumonia affect the lungs?

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Whether it follows the flu or strikes on its own, pneumonia impacts the lobes or airways (bronchi) of the lungs. This condition, which may be caused by bacteria or a virus, causes the air sacs to fill with liquid and pus. People with pneumonia often cough up mucus, breathe rapidly, feel short of breath, and have sharp chest pain.

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